The 2015 Rose Parade was an extraordinary event to see in person. Planning to attend starts in February when the tickets go on sale and are available at the normal price with Sharp Seating, the official ticket organization for the event.  The most cherished seats are located at the turn onto Colorado Boulevard where the cameras are located and go for $95.  These seats offer the bursts of attraction (balloons released, fireworks, bands performing in formation) due to the presence of the television cameras.  You may even find yourself on television as the cameras span this section of the crowd often.

This year, the organizing committee chose a theme of "Inspiring Stories" to add meaning and context to the float entrants.  The Rose Bowl game put Florida against Oregon for the coveted title. 

Although not a main part of the event, the Clydesdale horses from Budweiser won the visitors over.  Spud, a favorite television celebrity dog personality, sat atop of the wagon with Budweiser wagoner and his the dog's trainer.  The crowd cheered the clippity-clop of the horses as they went by.

Trader Joes gave an interesting look at the bounty from a fresh vegetable garden. 

Honda started off the parade by sponsoring groups of students from four local high schools clad in colorful sport clothing who were followed by professional trampoline acrobats doing stunts as the float passed.

Singpoli featured an award winning float which told the story of the bird rising from the ashes to soar again. 

A crowd favorite was the Zappos float that released hundreds of balloons to drift up into the air above. In all, the floral colors were wonderfully vivid.  The bands were spectacular.  The many community floats and military memorials tugged at emotions in a heartfelt way.

Attending the event takes some planning or sheer perseverance.  For the planners, event tickets go on sale on February 1st.  The best seats (mentioned above) sell out early.  If you want to park your RV on the parade route, go to the Sharp Seating website at the beginning of February to obtain an official city permit for a designated parking spot on the route.  The spots do not have hook-ups, but you can dry camp.

For the non-planners, arrive a few days before the parade.  There are non-official spots available to park your RV that are not along the parade route. These spots have no hook-ups.  Once you arrive and set-up, plan to spend the day before the parade from noon until the event in a lounge chair that you can set-up on the parade route.  You will not be alone as many people travel to the attend the event and enjoy the overnight sidewalk experience.  The city allows small campfires if there isn't too much wind.

RV parks are located throughout the LA area.  They are the typical parking lot style spots, but some parks are located near the beaches.  On the day of the parade, parking your car in the lots is about $20 if you arrive before 6am, and up to $40 afterward.  Those people who attend the game afterward normally walk to the game from the parade.  The streets are closed and most just follow the crowds to the stadium for tailgate parties or to find their seats and get something to eat.

Dress warm.  Bring blankets.  Enjoy a unique RV travel experience.

 

Going down the Rogue River in Oregon on the Hellgate tour was a thrill!  We took the whole family for the dinner cruise.  Good food and plenty of splash from the 360 degree boat turns afterward.  It was a day to remember.  Thanks for the tip!     
   - Fergerson Family